What is the most famous festival in Sri Lanka?
1 Vel Festival Vel is Sri Lanka’s most important Hindu festival which reflects the religious and cultural heritage of Hinduism. The main celebrations take part in Colombo which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the island.
Why people go to Kataragama?
Buddhism doesn’t encourage veneration of deities, and yet Buddhists in Sri Lanka make an annual pilgrimage to Kataragama. The deity has attained the position of national god amongst the Sinhalese. This reflects the similar position held by Murukan amongst Tamils.
Who built the Kataragama?
The Bo tree behind the Kataragama temple is one of the eight saplings (Ashta Phala Ruhu Bodhi) of Sri Maha Bodhiya in Anuradapura, Sri Lanka. This tree was planted in the 3rd century BC. The Buddhist Kiri Vehera Dagoba which stands in close to the Kataragama devalaya was built by the King Mahasena.
Who is Kataragama god?
Kataragama deviyo (also called: Skanda Kumara, Kartikeya, Sinhala: කතරගම දෙවියෝ) is a guardian deity of Sri Lanka. A popular deity who is considered to be very powerful, shrines dedicated to Kataragama deviyo are found in many places of the country.
What do Sinhalese celebrate?
Sinhalese New Year
|Sinhalese New Year අලුත් අවුරුද්ද|
|Celebrations||Games, family gathering, family meal, visiting friends and relatives, prayer|
|Observances||The observed movement of the sun from Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries) Marks the end of the harvest season|
What language is Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka/Official languages
Sinhalese language, also spelled Singhalese or Cingalese, also called Sinhala, Indo-Aryan language, one of the two official languages of Sri Lanka.
What is the province of Kataragama?
Kataragama is located in the Monaragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka.
What is the wel Perahera?
The Kandy Esala Perahera (the Sri Dalada Perahara procession of Kandy) also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a festival held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
Which province Kataragama belongs to?
Why is Navam Perahera celebrated?
The Navam Full Moon Poya Day in February, holds special special significance to Buddhists. And since 1979, the Gangarama Temple has held colorful and ebullient festivals known as a ‘Pereheras’ to commemorate this day. The festival is used to showcase many talents in traditional Kandyan arts.